Why If Scott Parker be getting more from Fulham?
Can this Nathan Jones’ opportunity at Stoke? How will Lincoln survive without the Cowleys?
Here are five things to look out for in the Sky Bet EFL on Saturday…
On paper, Fulham have among the attacks. Aleksandar Mitrovic would still walk into a No 9 role at a reasonable few Premier League clubs, Anthony Knockaert and Tom Cairney were the best players in the league final time that they featured in a complete campaign at the level and Ivan Cavaleiro was also a star performer for Wolves who held his own when called upon at the Premier League.
Having blown Millwall it looked as though they had the capability but have since stumbled into a 2-1 home defeat at an under-performing Cardiff against Nottingham Forest along with a 1-1 draw. They have the capability to put a few goals past any facet but there has been a suggestion that under Scott Parker they can be too predictable.
“Compared to a few of the recent manager appointments in Craven Cottage – specifically Felix Magath – Parker has actually made a decent start to his managerial career,” Fulham podcaster George Singer told Sky Sports.
“However, there are a number of worrying trends he needs to quickly rectify – notably his tactical stubbornness and inferior in-game management. I’m figuring he enhance in this regard. But he wants to fix it fast as time is ticking fast if we need a realistic stab in automatic promotion, that’s the club’s clearly stated goal.”
Parker faces his sternest evaluation of this season so far as West Brom see Craven Cottage on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Football. We’re likely to learn far more about him afterward.
Stoke have cropped up a few times this season but, frankly, as long as a team of their status and ambition remain to prop up the branch, they will be a tough topic.
The level of patience which the hierarchy of the club have revealed using Nathan Jones is impressive, but there is little doubting that things need to enhance and it is known by him.
It would appear a strange choice to not use the opportunity of the international break to modify managers, only to then fire Jones if they shed to Bristol City on Saturday, however yet another damaging defeat could be the tipping point.
A number of the information indicates they haven’t been performing as poorly as their results, and it is mistakes in both ends.
“We are not hiding from it, we have not been great enough and we want some big benefits,” confessed striker Sam Vokes, who has just scored at the Carabao Cup to date this season. “We’ve played some good football and had some bad luck along the way, however, it’s all about getting those first few points and we are aware that it’s exactly what the fans want to view. Results haven’t been up to normal and there’s just one way to turn it and we want an outcome Saturday.”
Rarely does a supervisor become so synonymous with a team in just three-and-a-half years since Danny Cowley – along with – brother Nicky – became with Lincoln City, but inevitable nature of the English football pyramid is that their incredible success at Sincil Bank was always going to lead them elsewhere .
There has been some surprise that their next destination will be Huddersfield, who have struggled badly so much this year, but if you think about the human element – which Danny and Nicky were PE teachers and part-time coaches maybe not too long ago – it gets easier to understand the inability to resist the temptation of carrying a club which were in the Premier League only four weeks ago.
“Nicky and I’ve got a burning ambition to battle at the greatest possible degree,” Cowley informed Lincoln’s official site upon his departure. “We don’t know if an opportunity like this one is going to come around again and we don’t ever want to live with regret.
“It’s been the best privileges for Nicky and I, to handle Lincoln City FC. We will forever maintain this football club and also Concord Rangers FC it will always be the result that we search for. We will never ever forget the service we’ve had and know we wouldn’t be in this fortunate position without all of you.”
Back-to-back an EFL Trophy win promotions along with also an FA Cup quarter-final appearance as a facet, the Cowley brothers will be a hard act to follow. First-team coaches Andy Warrington and Jamie McCombe accept caretaker charge.
It is the start of a new age for Bolton Wanderers today. A new supervisor in a new facet on the pitch to their trip and possibly the dugout at Keith Hill .
Ignoring the fact of their situation – they’re 16 points adrift of safety – it is set to be an afternoon for the Trotters of hope and enthusiasm in the New York Stadium.
Bolton announced nine new signings around Deadline Day, and all could take in an attempt to finish a streak of three-straight 5-0 defeats apart from Joe Bunney, who had been hurt at a road accident, into the area.
“Our season starts now, it is brilliant exactly what the kids have done, they’ve been absolutely excellent, we’re very thankful for them we are now beginning our season,” said new manager Hill.
“We do not need to perform 39 friendlies, we are interested in being aggressive in the league – and we’ll be. We’re not here to write this season off and prepared the soccer club for next season, this season is kicking and alive.”
Dino Maamria might have directed Stevenage to over a point of the play-offs last season, but that was enough to secure him only seven winless earlier this week prior to being dismissed.
In his position comes the caretaker appointment of Mark Sampson, the England Women’s head coach who had been sacked amid a flurry of controversy from 2017 after four decades at the helm.
Sampson, 36, has been for just over two weeks in Stevenage, having been named as a coach in July. But his caretaker role’s announcement was followed by a fresh form of allegations of discriminatory language against him, which were refuted by the team.
Sampson himself wanted to focus on the upcoming game from Carlisle and the death of club legend Maamria. “It has been a difficult period and it’s never pleasant when a member of team, a colleague, who loses their job and someone who was so heavily joined to the soccer club over several decades,” he explained. “It is currently up for us to try and find a way to move ahead.
“That level of professionalism was outstanding and their reaction since Sunday’s news has been a charge to them not just as players but as human beings. The team and the players have come together and actually helped create a positive mood and we’re working really hard on the training pitch to find a positive result on Saturday.”
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